In Morocco, the experience of the 20 February Movement indicated that the left faces real dilemmas. Some of its currents refused to get involved in the Movement due to the presence of obscurantist forces, while other currents drew closer to the obscurantists themselves under the pretext of their opposition to despotism. This confusion reflects the difficulty of engaging in common leftist action in the framework of social fronts of resistance to neoliberal attacks.
This paper goes through the Moroccan anti-neoliberal resistance movements’ history and present, and contributes to a serious diagnosis of the current situation and the different possibilities for the social movements to change the agenda policies in favor of more popular policies.
How relevant are Rosa Luxemburg’s analyses today? How does Tunisia’s left discuss her thoughts within the current context? On October 14, a text collection of Rosa Luxemburg, translated into Arabic, was presented at the North Africa office of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) in Tunis. More in the report..
This book tackles a number of issues related to social justice in details through eight chapters which examine regional issues or comparative case studies in the Arab region. The issues disscussed in the book are numerous, and range from the neo-liberal project in the Arab region to the different aspects of the struggle for social justice in civil society, social movements…
After the January 25th 2011 revolution, there were several new political parties that have emerged in the context of opening the public space and freedom to form political parties and diminishing previous restrictions on the process of creating parties, as this process was subject to the ruling party in terms of criteria and application.
The concept of social justice is not just a concept that is linked to economy in its technical sense, yet it has as well political dimensions, one of the most important dimensions is spreading the spirit and culture of peaceful coexistence among citizens, that citizens without the feeling of justice among themselves, the society cannot be in a state of stability, which in turn affects all various classes.
The role of civil society in achieving social justice has emerged with its establishment in the very beginning, even if it was only excluded to the charitable aspect. The core idea was to improve the most marginalized and poor categories, even if the charitable work is not enough in that context. Civil society has reached a certain degree of maturity with the Arab revolutions. It attempted to play a pivotal role in achieving objectives of revolutions that raised certain slogans when they emerged and social justice was in the heart of them either directly or through other slogans such as Dignity and Liberty which are directed to social justice in a way or another.
This book tries to tackle the concept of social justice using background papers on the complexities of this concept, the relationship between this concept and the changes that took and are still taking place in our Arab region and the role of foreign factors, as represented by EU policies. It then presents three case studies, which tackle previous studies in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen. It also includes a number of parallel articles to these studies in an attempt to provide different perspectives on issues and countries covered by these studies.
Based on a variety of “country-studies”, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, and Yemen; the general aim of the mapping is to provide a comparative profile of the left in these countries. It is therefore to assist the Arab and international left to obtain a clearer understanding of composition, constituency, tasks, demands, goals, influence and challenges faced by the left in each of the countries included. A more specific aim of the mapping is to support a regional network of Arab leftist actors of training and exchange, where RLS plans to act as a facilitator.
The goal of this mapping of leftist actors (in Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and the Palestinian-Arab Community in Israel) is to not only support debate of the Left in the Arab world but to also encourage alternative action. It is self-evident that any kind of “mapping” can only be a beginning, a very first step of a longer journey to be shared by many. However, hopefully this project will feed in and contribute to a larger process of re-considering and re-strengthening leftist understandings in and outside of the Arab East.
Listening to voices from the Arab East invites the reader not only to learn more about political discourse in the region, but also avoids the standard Eurocentric perspective most are subjected to. To reconnect the discourse of the Left in the Arab East to the international community, and in particular to non-Arabic speaking people, the book is bilingual and presents all essays in both Arabic and English.
This book is a project of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Regional Office Palestine http://www.rosaluxemburg.ps/.
uprising of 17 December 2010 in Tunisia was the first of a new wave of revolutions that no one could have predicted. According to the author of article, anyone who follows the revolutionary process will notice that the hijacking of the revolution from its path and the counter revolutionary process have started.